Understanding Feng shui
Feng shui is a known as the Chinese Vastu Shastra. Feng shui reports that man and its surrounding are influenced by ‘chi’- the energy of earth, cosmology and metaphysical factors. Feng shui studies the essential knowledge of magnetic fields and how it influence on man, the knowledge of buildings and their placement in order to tap the maximum energy from the earth.
History of Feng shui
Feng shui is also known as ‘kanyu’. It was practiced in third century BC, and first began in the West Han dynasty. The principle of this philosophy believes this earth is a living thing and has life and energy. If this energy has to be consumed or needed in a proper way, then the typography and the site of a building should be in an apt direction. A site whose directions and surroundings fit Feng shui principles than it would be good and harmonious.
Philosophy of Feng shui
Feng shui considers two positive energies while employing its principles and they are yin and yang. According to Feng shui, a building is made in a way that it enhances the relationships of family member.
The structure of building is provided in accordance with this energy- yin and yang; the left of the building is known as yang or male force and connected with the forces of heaven. The right side of building represents yin or female force which is connected with the forces of earth. In a building both the energy has to be balanced so as to bring prosperity and success, lest it would lead to imbalance and disturbance in the lives of human beings.
Implementing Feng shui
In Feng shui, there are five elements which need to be considered in order to bring equilibrium in lives. Feng shui’s theory is major influenced by these five elements which have to be balanced in surrounding. Following are important Feng shui elements-
1) Earth element- Feng shui earth element is most important and can be identified in the homes or offices. Earth element is represented by any item such clay pot, sand, stone, tile, brick siding etc. colors like yellow, orange, brown, tan and natural tone also represents earth element.
Earth element brings stability and balance and too much influence of any one of the five elements may cease to bring prosperity, health and wealth.
2) Fire element- Feng shui fire element is identified by electrical appliances such as oven, stoves and lighting, lamps, candles, fiery paintings or posters especially of red color, pointed roofs, steeples and mountains, items in red and hot pink color, items that are pyramid, triangle, cubic or angular in shape.
Fire element influences intensity, enthusiasm and passion, however too much of this element would create nervousness, may leave you weak or tired. Therefore should be minimum fire elements at home.
3) Metal element- Feng shui metal element is represented by gold, copper, brass, silver anything made of these metals can be identified as Feng shui metal element. Items made of stone, rock, marble, and sculptures, gate, wind chimes, iron work, colors like metallic, white and items which are circular, spherical, and round can be considered as fire element objects.
Metal element influences your communications, creativity and improves relationships with children. But too much presence of this element may cause anxiety, unrest and emotional outbreaks.
4) Water element- Feng shui water element can seen in the form of fountains, fish bowls; items such as natural crystals, glass and mirror; objects in dark blue, grey and black in color; objects that are not clearly defined in shape.
Water element influences your business, career, success, knowledge and wisdom. The presence of much water element makes you indecisive.
5) Wood element- Feng shui wood element is identified with the items which are made of wood including furniture, wall panels, railings; wooden tables, flowers, plants, trees, fabrics such as wool, cotton etc; paintings of landscape and flora and fauna; items in green and blue colors; items in tree trunk shape, vertical shape.
Wood element influences personal growth, creativity and ability to expand in new directions. Too much of wood element can make you unable to take or make decisions.